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Charles William Bate Crossley

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Charles William Bate Crossley(c1867-1941)


1941 Obituary [1]

CHARLES WILLIAM BATE CROSSLEY had an extensive experience in the machine tool industry, with which he was associated for. the whole of his career. From 1883 to 1893, he served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Smith and Coventry, Ltd., in Manchester, and after a further year's experience in their Paris office, he joined Messrs. Escher, Wyss and Company, of Zurich, and was later employed by Messrs. Singrim Freres, in Epinal, until he established his own business in 1895.

He commenced in business in Johnstone, Scotland, under the designation of Clifton and Crossley, and was at first engaged in the manufacture of drilling machines. The name of the firm was changed to Crossley and Company in 1897, and the works were moved to Manchester in 1901. At that time the drilling and boring machines, which Mr. Crossley had patented, were built by Messrs. George Richards and Company, of Broadheath. Subsequently Mr. Crossley's firm was converted into a limited liability company; he was made a director and held that position up to the time of his death, which occurred on 24th March 1941, in his seventy-fourth year.

In 1922, Mr. Crossley acted as valuer for all the plant of Messrs. Redpath, Brown and Company, at the time when it was taken over by Messrs. Bolckow, Vaughan and Company, Ltd. He introduced "rigid" milling machines, as made in Switzerland, into England in 1924 and became a director of Messrs. Kitchin and Wade, Ltd., of Halifax, who were engaged in the manufacture of these machines. In addition he was a director of Messrs. Ormrods Tools, Ltd.

Mr. Crossley was elected a Member of the Institution in 1932. He was the holder of several patents for various improvements in machine tools.


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